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Common (vernacular) names applied to California vascular plants

compiled by Elizabeth Painter

up to date as of May 1, 2016

Common names (also referred to as vernacular names) are applied differently at different times and places by different users. This list is compiled from many sources and is intended to be as comprehensive as possible. It is not intended to indicate which common name is correct or preferred. Please send comments about this page to Elizabeth Painter (

TaxonRytidosperma penicillatum
Family common name(s)grass; true grass
Genus common name(s)rytidosperma
Species common name(s)purple-awned wallaby-grass; purple-awned wallaby grass; purple awned wallaby grass; purple-awn wallaby-grass; purple-awn wallaby grass; smooth-flowered wallaby-grass; smooth-flowered wallaby grass; smooth-flower wallaby-grass; smooth-flower wallaby grass; velvet wallaby-grass; velvet wallaby grass; hairy danthonia; hairy oatgrass; hairy poverty grass
Common name(s) generally applied to other taxa or multiple taxaslender wallaby-grass, slender wallaby grass, New Zealand oat grass are applied to multiple Rytidosperma taxa; hairy oat-grass, hairy oat grass, wallabygrass, wallaby-grass, wallaby grass, oatgrass, oat-grass, oat grass, New Zealand grass are applied to multiple Poaceae taxa; poverty-grass, poverty grass, povertygrass are applied to taxa in multiple families
Synonymy: The Jepson Manual (1993), FNA, PLANTS, etcDanthonia pilosa R. Br., misapplied; Austrodanthonia penicillata (Labill.) H.P. Linder
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